A Work In Progress

The Season of Advent is a time when all Christians have the privilege to delve into their religious imagination and actively wonder what does the Reign of God look like? While such daydreaming might be difficult, being surrounded by the season of hope and expectation makes it a little easier to imagine a world where…

The Reign of God is all About Us

This morning the prophet cries, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—“ as the psalmist laments,”  O Lord God of hosts, *how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?” This begins our Season of Advent. Israel is in dire straits, still…

All Things Come From You O Lord

I have heard it said there are two things in life that we cannot avoid, death and taxes. Based on this morning’s Gospel this has been true at least since Roman times.  In this morning’s reading, we find Jesus being vetted by the Jewish authorities. Anxious to find a reason to condemn him, the Pharisees…

With God as our Center

In the Parable of the Vineyard, Jesus confronts the Pharisees. With the Temple and the children of Israel as the Vineyard, they had been given one task which was to lead the people in producing the fruits of God, compassion, justice, and righteousness. Instead, out of their fear, they forgot who they were called do…

Do we REALLY want to Follow?

I have a confession to make, I really did not want to write a homily for this morning. Not because Friday was a beautiful day. Although that would have been a really good excuse. The reason I did not want to write this homily is, well, who would when the Gospel text is just so…

Be Patient, The Kingdom Will Come.

A year ago August, amidst a bit of celebration, the owners of Pine Grove announced plans to perform major renovations to the club. For weeks, blue prints, computer mock ups of the new layout, color schemes etc. graced the lobby entrance for all members to see as we prepared for the inconvenience of construction to…

Take My Hand Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand: I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; Through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light; Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home. There is something about these lyrics, especially when sung in the slow soulful way its…

It’s NOT About Tomorrow, It’s About Today.

I went on Wikipedia this week to find out how many times someone has predicted the end of the world since the turn of this century. To date, there have been thirty different predictions. The most well-known was last year. The Mayan Calendar predicted the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012….